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Message posted on 04/11/2022

PhD Fellow in STS - Norway

PhD Fellow in Science and Technology Studies: Living Materials, Participatory Prototyping and Future Making

** Apologies for cross-posting

Dear colleagues,

We are welcoming applications for an open PhD position at TIK- Centre for Technology Innovation and Culture. This is a position in Science and Technology Studies (STS) with a focus on biomaterials. The application should include a well-developed project proposal that engages with the STS literature. More information below.

Kind regards, Ana

*PhD Fellow in Science and Technology Studies: Living Materials, Participatory Prototyping and Future Making***

A PhD position is available at the TIK Centre for Technology, Innovation and Culture, University of Oslo as part of the FUNGATERIA project. FUNGATERIA is an interdisciplinary project funded by the European Commission to develop a portfolio of microbial-based biomaterials.

The position

Imagine a world in which walls and everyday life things surrounding you are living. Engineered Living Materials (ELMs) are likely to become part of our everyday life, with applications in a wide range of areas such architecture, environment and health. The PhD candidate will use Science and Technology Studies (STS) approaches to investigate living materials as existing in possible future worlds with a focus on social, regulatory and policy implications. The PhD candidate will be working in FUNGATERIA work package seven (WP7), led by Associate Professor Ana Delgado.

The appointment is for a fixed term position for a period of three years. The position might include teaching, grading etc. at TIK in which case the project will be extended accordingly up until a maximum of 4 years.

The PhD candidate will be part of the Science and Technology Studies group at TIK Centre for Technology, Innovation and Culture, and will have the opportunity to be part of a vibrant intellectual environment. See more information about ongoing STS research and academic activities at TIK here .

About FUNGATERIA Engineered Living Materials (ELMs) are envisioned as enabling a wide range of solutions towards a transition to greener economies. The FUNGATERIA consortium works to model and prototype mycelium-based ELMs, exploring collaborations between fungi and bacteria to produce materials with computational capabilities. This opens for new ways of imaging buildings and cities, and potentially other objects, based on living materials. ELMs are qualified as being ‘smart materials’ in so far as they take advantage from intrinsic properties of life such as the capacity for self-repairing and healing. This also creates challenges regarding the programmability of ELMs, and the ways in which these materials can be designed to behave in a controlled way over time. Anticipating futures through activities such as modeling is  key to design activities in FUNGATERIA. //

FUNGATERIA is organized in seven teams collaborating across European universities. The team based at the University of Oslo coordinates *WP7

  • ELM Futures*. WP-7 develops methods to include citizens’ ways of imagining futures and engaging with future making, with a special focus on the programmability of EMLs and anticipatory projections. The PhD candidate will be part of the WP7 team, which work includes exploring and mapping issues of public concern regarding ELMs. This will be done both in non-fictional media and in science fiction, as well as through participatory modeling and prototyping.  WP7 joins together Science and Technology Studies, Design and Media Studies, and possibly Bioart.

The specific design of the PhD project, such as the choice of case, methods and theoretical framework, will depend on the candidate’s academic background and project proposal, and will be developed together with WP7 leader.

The FUNGATERIA consortium is led by the Danish Royal Academy for Architecture, Design and Conservation, in partnership with The Free University of Brussels, The University of Ghent, University of Utrecht, University of the West of England, Bristol and the University of Oslo. The project builds on interdisciplinary collaborations, and all partners are involved in communication, public engagement and dissemination activities.

We offer

Salary NOK 491 200 - 534 400 per year, - depending on qualifications. An academically stimulating working environment. The possibility of undertaking a prolonged international mobility stay.

Attractive welfare benefits including excellent benefits for families (kindergarten, paid paternal/maternal leave etc) and a generous pension agreement. In addition, Oslo offers a family-friendly environment with its rich opportunities for culture and outdoor activities in its immediate surroundings.

For more information about the project contact: ana.delgado@tik.uio.no

Apply for this job here

Ana  Delgado Associate Professor TIK-Centre for Technology, Innovation and Culture University of Oslo ana.delgado@tik.uio.no https://www.sv.uio.no/tik/english/people/aca/anamde/


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